By Elisinio Castillo
According to Jay Jimenez, manager of heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), they are not going to forget about a potential fight with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs).
Ortiz was scheduled to face Wilder last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He was pulled from the bout after failing a pre-fight drug test - which Ortiz and his camp have long claimed was due to the boxer's prescribed medication for high blood pressure.
Ortiz was replaced by WBC mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder obliterated in a single round with three knockdowns before the fight was waved off.
As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Ortiz met with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman last weekend and it appears that he'll avoid a suspension by the sanctioning body as the parties were all smiles in the aftermath of their meeting.
Ortiz was ringside at the Barclays Center last Saturday, watching Wilder retain his title.
Jimenez believes Wilder never really wanted to face Ortiz and used the failed drug test as a maneuver to get himself out of the fight. The manager made it clear that Ortiz is going to pursue Wilder until they settle things in the ring.
"Deep down, he did not want to fight Ortiz," Jimenez told George Ebro. "Wilder knew what he was getting into when he accepted Luis' challenge. He has shielded himself with the result of a test where there was really a health problem and Luis was taking a prescription medication. But I'm sure that at some point we'll see each other face to face in the ring. ''
"Soon the [medical] exams will finish that will [establish] that Luis is in good health. Let Wilder know that we will not forget him, that we will follow him until he fights us."
Once the matter with the WBC is worked out, Ortiz's camp is already making moves to have him return on a date in the first quarter of 2018.